Apr 2016

Travel & Transport special

Limited-edition cover by Santiago Calatrava


We thought it only fair to throw open the doors to the W* House and share with you how we’d fit out our dream digs. From consoles to cupboards, beds to bookcases, the W* House features our favourite pieces of design from across the globe, room by room. When it comes to sharing our finds, we wanted to keep things simple, letting you furnish your house with the click of a mouse, the Wallpaper* way. 

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Santa Clara

Caterina Moretti / Peca
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In a trend pleasing combination of marble and copper arrives the Santa Clara organiser. The multifunctional geometrical pieces are the work of Mexican design studio Peca. Established in 2007, the Guadalajara-based company works with natural, local materials and designers, including Caterina Moretti. Taking its name from the Santa Clara del Cobre, the birthplace of the Mexican tradition of coppersmiths, the sculptural piece can make itself at home in a study space, all the way to the kitchen.



Studio Kunsik
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Protruding out of the wall, this cabinet converts traditional cabinetry into abstract contemptorary furniture. Designed by Korean-born Choi Kunsik who currently resides in Sweden, the unusual storage system is made from 589 pieces of pear, maple and wenge wood. The structure closes to form a perfectly cubed shape and opens as if into a dolls house. Inside we find hidden compartments and the front flap unfolding into a compact desk.


Framed noir

FX Balléry / Arpel Lighting

Designed by FX Balléry for French brand Arpel Lighting, the 'Framed Noir' lamp presents an elegant luminous window that disperses a soft, warming and indirect light. The single shape design features a touch switch with 4 preset levels and an 11 watt bulb with a luminous flux of 900 lumen.

Available at WallpaperSTORE*



Thévoz-Choquet / Bloc Studios

Presented in 2015 as part of Marmo Domestico, the very first collection of objects by Bloc Studio, the Mario container is made out of white Arabescato marble and black marquinia. Realised by design duo Thévoz-Choquet (CH), the piece’s simple, clean shape lets its fine materials take centre stage.

Available at WallpaperSTORE*




Created by Greek designers Shibui, 'DSK01' is a chic and creative storage solution for those short of desk space. Inspired by simplicity, DSK01 combines a smooth oak item holder with a highly polished bronze penholder. The piece will neatly contain a variety of small stationary and trinkets in its modern curvaceous structure.

Available at WallpaperSTORE*



Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec / Iittala

Designed by French brothers Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec, the award-winning Ruutu vases come in five sizes and seven colours. Each piece is unique, as it is mouth-blown into a steel mould and polished by hand. Its angular yet fluid shape might look simple enough, but in fact it takes no less than seven highly skilled craftsmen in Iittala's factory in Helsinki to make just one vase.

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Ralf Kötter / Enfin Design
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Originally trained as a traditional carpenter, German maker Ralf Kötter later integrated his background with interiors design and engineering training, and the results of this mixed experience blend seamlessly in his brand, enigmatically titled Enfin Design. The Visupure chair is a good example of this eclectic mix, combining subtle craftsmanship touches with a quintessentially industrial shape. A thin aluminium sheet is bent into a U-shape and welded with another aluminium part to form the backbone of the seat, which appears to be floating on its bouncing feet. The metal construction is powder-coated and polished, then combined with solid walnut armrest and black leather upholstery.


Desktop set

Benoît Deneufbourg / Another Country

The refined woodwork of Belgian designer Benoît Deneufbourg meets the Scandinavian-Japanese minimalism of British manufacturer Another Country in this elegant, geometric set. Made in the UK from solid maple, and using swathes of brushed brass to stunning effect, the three beautifully crafted pieces – a stackable paper tray and two different pen and pencil holders – will certainly add a sculptural touch to your desktop.

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Constance Guisset / La Redoute

French designer Constance Guisset shows her design flexibility with the 'Flamingo' desk, which is a world away from her more colourful works (the pigmented 'Francis' mirror previously won Guisset a Wallpaper* design award.) This sculpted desk is multifunctional and can exist anywhere in the household. The simple matte grey metal framework and veneer oak top is accessorised with matching document holders and a removable drawer compartment that can transform the structure from study hub to minimalist vanity table.


'Oja' chair

Ricardo Casas
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Mexican architect Ricardo Casas has been working on a mix of structural, interiors and furniture projects since launching his studio in Mexico City in 2009. His 'Oja' chair is a sophisticated take on the standard office chair, enriched with elegant materials and a minimalist shape. A combination of ergonomic leather seat, sinuous wooden structure and adjustable steel elements make the 'Oja' a graceful seating compromise for the office space.



Martin Mestmacher / GObyMM

Designer Martin Mestmacher launched GObyMM with long-term business partner Bodo Niklas in 2014. Their pieces are sophisticated compositions that focus on shape research as the basis for furniture pieces and updated lifestyle objects. The COM:POS:ITION 2.2 is a large-scale wardrobe accessory which functions as a clothes rack, mirror and holder of small objects. The black powder coated steel frame holds a simple round mirror and a drawer made of oak timber, each element arranged in asymmetry with the other and with the structure. 'The single components are individual, different and asymmetric but all together considered in balance,' says the designer, who created the piece in a series of three different compositions.


'Optical Shim' paperweight

John Hogan / Matter

John Hogan’s works blur the boundaries between art and design, with an indefatigably experimental attitude to glass that touches upon traditional techniques and aesthetics as well as uber contemporary shapes. His manipulation of the material’s texture, shape, color, have over the years produced objects that dazzle from every angle. He joined forces with New York gallery Matter to produce his 'Optical Shim' paperweight, which offer a functional approach to his mesmerising glass exercises. The essential triangular shape of the piece suggests a design purity that is contrasted by the optical illusions of its dazzling top. Part precious objet d’art, part functional item, the piece forms a beautiful synthesis of creative disciplines.


'Divine Tools' set

Olivia Lee
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Singaporean industrial designer Olivia Lee has a fascination with the concept of beauty, which is evident in all her work. Her latest endeavour is a collection of nine drawing tools inspired by the Ancient Greeks' quest for divinity in mathematics, science and art. Lee's tool set is designed to aid in the use of the golden ratio, resulting in a collection that is at once beautiful and creates beauty.
'Instruments of Beauty: Divine Tools'


'Stadera' desk

Franco Albini / Cassina

Originally designed in 1954 for a private house, the 'Stadera' desk is composed of two trapezoidal-shaped surfaces supported by a single leg, and plays on the balance created by its irregularity, much like the pendulum scales (stadera) from which it takes its name. Re-released as part of the Cassina I Maestri collection, it is now available in a selection of materials including walnut and marble.


'Solo' chair

Office Kersten Geers David van Severen / Maniera
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The Brussels-based Maniera gallery works with architects and artists on furniture that blurs the boundaries between disciplines. This year it commissioned local architect duo Kersten Geers and David van Severen, who developed a multifunctional seat that looks like an abstract structure but works as a stool and small desk. Taking its cues from Thonet's walking-stick chair, it manages to merge intriguing form and practicality.


'ZigZag' bookcase

Konstantin Grcic / Driade

Back in 1996, Konstantin Grcic created a zigzag-shaped structural shelving unit for Driade. Now, almost 20 years later, the range has been updated and relaunched in a palette of new colours for the metal work (black, white, bronze and polished stainless steel) complemented by two kinds of wooden shelves in oak and American walnut. The simple modular shelf design can also be accessorised with clip-on bookends in matching colours. Available in two heights, the bookcase can be assembled without the aid of any tools.


'Brinkk' sideboard

Natalia Wieteska

A clever solution for storage, Polish designer Natalia Wieteska's sideboard is an exercise in precision and perspective. Combining exquisite craftsmanship with extreme geometry, the piece's construction gives lightness to a monolithic block of wood, available in a variety of finishes.


'Hi-Lo' shelves

Moving Mountains
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Humorous as well as rigorous, the 'Hi-Lo' shelves by designer Syrette Lew, operating from Brooklyn under the studio name Moving Mountains, contrast marble with plywood. A freestanding sculpture in the shape of a staircase, it is lined in bold blue, which adds a playful visual effect.


'Stackable Desk' accessories

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Multidisciplinary practice Epiforma was established in Portugal early this year. Its design MO is geometric shapes rendered in bold colours, a simple visual language that's both eye-catching and minimal. The stackable desk accessories - a clock, container and magnetic cube - are made of black granite, natural wood and lacquered wood, a desktop tribute to the Memphis Group.


‘Neat’ desk organisers

Johan van Hengel
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Rotterdam-based designer Johan van Hengel is behind a small yet perfectly formed selection of furniture and accessories that combine essential lines with a somewhat nostalgic aesthetic. With our penchant for rigour in the workspace, we were immediately attracted to his aptly named ‘Neat’ wooden trays, with metal edges of varying heights and colours. These not only partition a desktop (handy when you’re working in a communal space) but also hold stationery close to hand and, if necessary, slightly hide items or screen from view.


‘Tubo’ desk and chair

Sam Hecht and Kim Colin / TOG
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One for our dream study, this fresh-looking desk and chair set features a combination of marble and plastic set onto steel frames. It was created by the design duo behind Industrial Facility for TOG, a promising brand that debuted at Salone del Mobile this year. Hailing from Brazil, TOG (subtitled ‘All Creators Together’) presents itself as a platform for dialogue between designers, creators and customers. Its collections are kept simple, with humorous touches and ample scope for customisation.


‘Pantographe’ lamp

Michele De Lucchi / Hermès

Tasked with turning the Hermès philosophy into a lighting collection, Italian architect Michele De Lucchi spent three years on the brand’s first lights. The ‘Pantographe’ is inspired by a draughtsman’s instrument, a poetic balancing act of leather and steel.


‘Ply’ socket

Christoph Friedrich Wagner
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We are intrigued by young German designer Wagner’s use of plywood, bringing a new aesthetic to lighting, furniture and small objects. His multiple socket, with a textile cord in a choice of colours, stands out as a simple update of a humble essential.


'Fold' shelf

Nendo / Conde House

Constructed by the skilled craftsmen at Asahikawa-based furniture brand Conde House, Nendo's 'Fold' shelving is made up of seamlessly interlocking wooden boards. The zig-zagging design provides ample storage space that can be accessed from both back and front, making it suitable for use as a room divider as well as well as a shelving unit.


'Earthquake 5.9' bookcase

Patricia Urquiola / Budri

In May 2012, when an earthquake struck the Emilia region of Spain, stone company Budri’s marble and onyx slabs were shattered into hundreds of pieces. In an effort to turn catastrophe into triumph, Spanish designer Patricia Urquiola has fashioned the stone fragments into a line of angular pieces of furniture including this irregular, hexagonal bookcase.


'Ernest' desk

Borja Garcia Studio / Punt

With its simple, straightforward oak or walnut construction, the 'Ernest' desk by Valencia brand Punt brings warmth and order to the office. Although traditional in appearance, Ernest is designed for the digital age, providing cable management through a channel in its back leg and storage for digital devices beneath its desktop.


'Balotaro' bookends

Luis Arrivillaga / Luis Arrivillaga

This charming bookend comes from the mind of Guatemalan designer, Luis Arrivillaga. Eschewing the usual two-strong pairing, Arrivillaga's bookends come as a trio and also serve as desktop storage. Each wood and cast-iron form comes with hidden compartments where paper clips, erasers and other odds and ends can be concealed from view.


'Minima 3.0' shelving system

Bruno Fattorini & Partners / MDF Italia
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It's always a difficult task to improve on a classic without losing the beauty of the original. However, it would seem that Bruno Fattorini & Partners has managed to strike the perfect balance with its updated 'Minima' shelving. An aluminum bookcase with detachable panels, the 1997 original has been redeveloped with brightly coloured modular containers that can be slotted into the frame to create compartments.


'Deck' chair

Luca Nichetto / De Padova
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Venice-based Luca Nichetto was one of the busiest designers at this year's Salone del Mobile. And out of all of his product launches (he is a regular collaborator with brands such as Cassina, Foscarini, Casamania and Nodus), it was his versatile 'Deck' chair for De Padova that caught our eye. Although the design is inspired by seaside promenades, this is not a deck chair in the traditional sense. The chair's plastic structure comes with a variety of bases, seat and arm options to suit any environment from office to outdoor. In this case, a swivel base and upholstered seat make for the perfect desk chair.


'Arturo' desk

Christophe Pillet / Ceccotti

Italian cabinetmakers Ceccotti Collezioni can always be relied on to produce exquisitely crafted wood furniture. Its standout piece this year was this perfectly proportioned desk by french designer Christophe Pillet. its frame is made of American walnut, the inconspicuous central drawer of maple, and its angular structure is softened with rounded edges and a leather writing surface.